You may have heard that the Food and Drug Administration has approved emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine.
This is great news. Studies show the vaccine is safe and effective.
Because the initial supply is very limited, the Centers for Disease Control is directing the first doses to certain high-risk health care personnel, as well as residents and patients in long-term care facilities.
This means, in keeping with CDC recommendations, it is not being offered to the general public at this time. However, we will keep you updated when the vaccine is readily available to broader groups.
We encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they become eligible because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic. We recognize this is a personal decision, though, and that many people have questions about the vaccine.
Below you will find some educational resources to help you learn more.
Over the next few months, we urge everyone to continue wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently.
Thank you for doing your part and for trusting us as your partner in health.